St. Francis Candles“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”
‐John 12:46 

Catholics use votive candles during Mass, the Sacraments, at religious ceremonies, and in private prayer. The Church can trace the use of candles to its roots in Judaism. Jewish Priests kept a constant light burning in the Temple. Centuries later, the earliest Christians used candles for religious observances, including Masses, funerals, evening prayers, and in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. There is also evidence that indicates early Christians burned candles and lamps at the tombs, and in front of images of the most venerated saints.

Today, the practice of lighting a votive candle continues to be both pious and symbolic. As we offer up our prayers and petitions, we light votive candles to signify the light of Christ filling our life and lighting the darkness. It is not only a physical reality, but also a spiritual experience in which we are allowing Christ to fill our soul with the joys of the faith. As Catholics, we light votive candles in our Churches and in our homes.

We bring the light of Christ into our homes by lighting a votive in prayerful devotion with our family. We can also spread the light of Christ to our friends and neighbors by giving the perfect gift, the gift of light. These votives can be given as gifts for any occasion: Christmas, Easter, graduation, get well, best wishes, birthday, sympathy and in memoriam.